Information literacy and its application in nursing education

Hossain, Delwar and Perrin, Cheryl and Cumming, Kaye (2012) Information literacy and its application in nursing education. International Journal of Modern Education and Computer Science, 10. pp. 1-8. ISSN 2305-3631

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Abstract

Information literacy has been embedded by the university into the first year nursing curriculum. Embedding this literacy will not necessarily ensure the nursing graduates will apply this skill to the provision of high quality evidence-based health care. For this to happen information literacy skills gained in the classroom must contribute to sound decision making based on best practice evidence. This paper discusses the findings of a three phases research project designed to (i) determine the information literacy skills, confidence and problem solving abilities of students entering the university's Bachelor of Nursing Program; (ii) determine if information literacy skills, confidence and problem solving abilities improve as a result of embedding information literacy instruction into a nursing course; and iii) ascertain whether there are any differences in information literacy skills, confidence and problem solving abilities based on the students demographic information. Data were collected in two sequential semesters using a questionnaire administered to the students. The response rates in semester one and two were 45 and 56 per cent respectively. Student confidence and awareness regarding information literacy is positively affected by learning experiences from semester one to semester two. Students indicated that they need both specific and regular instruction to adequately retain learning. Overall the study suggests that embedding information literacy instruction into the first year, first semester nursing program is beneficial. By the second semester the information literacy confidence and awareness of students increased as a result of intra-curricular instruction, however, problem solving skills need to be improved.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Free Electronic Version(PDF): The authors may download the papers from the journal website.'
Depositing User: Ms Jillian Jones
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2012 10:26
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 01:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: information literacy; literacy embedding
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing
B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8903 Information Services > 890399 Information Services not elsewhere classified
B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8903 Information Services > 890302 Library and Archival Services
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.5815/ijmecs.2012.10.01
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22466

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